Dangerous half-truths and self-serving simplifications in El-Rufai’s tale of “two Nigerias”

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Dangerous half-truths and self-serving simplifications in El-Rufai’s (elrufai) tale of “two Nigerias”

“Looking at the statistics, Nigeria appears to be a middle-income country. But, if we segregate those statistics across states and zones, you will see that, in terms of human development indicators, Nigeria consists of two countries; there is a backward, less educated and unhealthy northern Nigeria, and a developing, largely educated and healthy southern Nigeria.

“We must therefore, as leaders at all levels, have conversation about the way forward for our part of the country. Because increasingly, as many of you must have seen on social media, we are being considered as the parasite of the federal economy, even though, that is not entirely true. As soon as I read this divisive and dangerously simplistic speech, I knew instinctively what the reaction from the “South” would be: El Rufai should either own up to the fact that those responsible for Northern poverty and “backwardness” are Northern leaders or he should just shut up! I have not been disappointed: that has been the reaction from the “South”.


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